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Prisoners kept handcuffed in park in Colombia

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It was a day in the park for about 40 prisoners — handcuffed to each other, a fence and even a children’s slide. Authorities have been holding some crime suspects in a public park in western Bogota’s La Granja neighborhood because they say there is no more room at [...]

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Haiti prisons under scrutiny after mass breakout

  CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (AP) — Sudden gunfire rattled the morning routine outside the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison and soon inmates, many barefoot and shirtless, dashed frantically from the maximum-security facility, startling street vendors as they looted their wares and fled through the unpaved streets. One month after the prison break, only about 75 of the 329 [...]

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Success of Salvador gang truce: Stronger gangs

  ILOPANGO, El Salvador (AP) — Marvin Gonzalez waves to shopkeepers as he enjoys a morning walk through the sunny, working-class resort of Ilopango. His cellphone rings nonstop with residents seeking his support for anything from dealing with a drunk who won’t pay his bar bill to reporting an attempted rape. Gonzalez is not a [...]

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Seductive Nahuatl opera to premiere in Mexico City

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three young women surround a muscular, shirtless man, laughing, hugging and caressing his neck as he rocks his head back in pleasure. A dozen musicians pound out a furious rhythm with pre-Columbian traditional wooden drums, rattles and flutes. Above the stage, a screen translates their flirtatious song into Spanish from [...]

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Argentina says good-bye to rock star Cerati

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of tearful fans crowded outside a Buenos Aires cemetery on Friday as close friends and relatives of Gustavo Cerati said their final good-bye to the Argentine rock star. Cerati, among Latin America’s most influential musicians, was buried at a private ceremony his family organized at La Chacarita cemetery, [...]

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Guatemala bishop’s killer ran alleged jail empire

  GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan army captain sentenced to 20 years for the slaying of a Roman Catholic bishop was charged with money laundering and organized crime for allegedly building a multimillion-dollar illicit prison empire based on threats and corruption. Prosecutors said Wednesday, September 3rd, that Byron Lima Oliva took money from other [...]

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Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

  BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday, August 29, to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have managed to communicate with emergency crews. Hundreds of relatives and fellow miners prayed outside the El Comal gold and silver mine in the [...]

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Top South America hackers rattle Peru’s Cabinet

  LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. Now the team calling itself LulzSecPeru has created a national political uproar. Emails the hackers stole from [...]

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Venezuela rails against portrayal in US spy drama

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Critics have mostly ignored the new TNT spy drama “Legends,” but it’s creating a furor in Venezuela. Officials in the South American country are denouncing the show for portraying the socialist government stockpiling nerve gas to quash dissent. The telecommunications commission opened an investigation Tuesday into the series over an [...]

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Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

  BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday. Antonio Diaz said the miners tried to cheer each other up [...]

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